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Macri attends economic forum in Colombia; reaffirms Argentina's commitment to the Pacific Alliance

Thursday, June 16th 2016 - 07:25 UTC
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“Mercosur needs a greater integration dynamics and must be open to work with other regional blocks such as the Pacific Alliance”, Macri said at the Nariño Palace. “Mercosur needs a greater integration dynamics and must be open to work with other regional blocks such as the Pacific Alliance”, Macri said at the Nariño Palace.
Macri has been a strong advocate of the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico) and Argentina will officially become an observer next July first Macri has been a strong advocate of the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico) and Argentina will officially become an observer next July first
Santos underlined the strong links with Argentina and called for closer trade relations and thanked “Argentine commitment and support” for the peace process  Santos underlined the strong links with Argentina and called for closer trade relations and thanked “Argentine commitment and support” for the peace process

Argentine president Mauricio Macri said Mercosur needs “a greater integration dynamics” and defended the idea that the Atlantic regional block country members work to reach agreements with countries of the Pacific Alliance.

 Macri who arrived in Bogotá on Tuesday evening met on Wednesday with president Juan Manuel Santos, on this way to Medellin for the World Economic Forum which opens Thursday.

“Mercosur needs a greater integration dynamics and must be open to work with other regional blocks such as the Pacific Alliance. We believe America must turn into a major zone of peace and integration” Macri told the media at the Nariño Palace.

Macri has been a strong advocate of joining the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico) and Argentina will officially become an observer next July first when he attends the Alliance's presidential summit in Puerto Varas, Chile.

President Santos underlined the strong links of Colombia with Argentina and called for closer trade relations as well as thanking “Argentina's commitment and support” for the peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas.

Macri praised Colombia for having significantly reduced poverty and increased foreign trade and exports: “growth was essential to reduce poverty and we must take advantage of this experience. The technical performance of Colombian leaders can be easily witnessed in the development of Bogotá in recent years”.

Both leaders spoke about the Venezuela situation and expect that the country respects human and civil rights and the democratic process. “We want a sustained dialogue among the different sides and that all of them respect the democratic process”, underlined Santos.

Macri talked about his recent meeting with Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles and said that Argentina has a human rights debt with the Venezuela people, since “when human rights were trodden on in Argentina, many Argentines received refuge in Venezuela; now it's our turn to reciprocate”.

Santos said Colombia will support Susana Malcorra's nomination to become the next UN Secretary General. The two leaders signed several agreements, among which one on cooperation to recover agriculture production in lands once combat zones.

Macri later visited Congress, met with different political leaders and finally the Palace of Justice, third branch of government.

The Argentine president on Thursday will be attending the Davos forum Latin America chapter, which this time is taking place in the Colombian city of Medellin. The two day meeting will convene business leaders, bankers, investors and presidents from the region.

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  • Merry Englander

    Argentina at last exercising her right to act intelligently. Moving closer to the Pacific Alliance is a smart move by Macri. I hope we act as intelligently on the 23rd and move away from the EU. A reformed EU could learn a lot from the PA - no supranational entities, just freedom of movement.

    It is a big shame that Argentina didn't ditch the destructive Kirchner regime earlier. Now as accurate numbers on their economy are being reported for the first time in years the scale of the damage done is evident. The economy has shrunk massively. GDP/capita now $5,000 less than neighbouring Chile.

    That is the same as the difference between us and ze Germans!

    Jun 16th, 2016 - 08:13 am 0
  • SauveQuiPeut

    He should consider himself lucky the Columbians showed up.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-36546686

    Jun 16th, 2016 - 06:00 pm 0
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